Charles Haines is a Canadian born sculptor, painter, printmaker and poet who has lived in Taiwan since 2001 and calls Taiwan his home. For over twenty years he has had a passion for painting crows. No matter where he travels people have strong feelings about crows. He likes that. If you ask him he will tell you the he was a crow in a former life and that he has dreams of flying and can still feel the air under his wings.
Email: [email protected]
From time to time, Red Room invites live bands to serenade the ears and souls of our music loving friends.
Dan has been playing and performing for over fifteen years and has lived
in Taiwan since August 2014. He teaches Drama and English literature in
Yangmingshan and as well as teaching, he enjoys singing and playing music
live, dancing salsa and writing. He comes from an Irish family but has
lived most of his life in York in England.
The songs that he writes are mainly about people; our behaviours, failings
and beauty. He likes to write and sing about what drives us towards our
goals, whatever they may be.
He’s currently in the process of recording his first album in Taiwan with
Veronica and Dan met through a mutual friend. Dan was in search of a
cellist who was slightly weird (Chi Guàiyì de rén) and he found Veronica.
Veronica’s ability to create little riffs of magic in her cello playing
adds a wanted sadness to the music they create together.
Veronica has played in more ‘ROCK’ bands before –
and so has Dan –
But both have decided to take a break from all of the loud noise and
create a softer, more harmonious sound for their audiences.
Their overall message is to be true to yourself – Even if it looks ugly.
There is truth in it. There is poetry in it.
Veronica is not of woman born. Veronica spawns from a creature that our
kind have never encountered.
Veronica is ‘Alien’. The Veronica you see before you has learnt to play
the cello and is learning human ways as quickly as possible.
Veronica is neither ‘He’ nor ‘She’. Veronica prefers to just be ‘Alien’.
Dan is a singer who tries to play guitar. He also tries to sing. Sometimes
it works out OK. Sometimes not.
Dan is a non-committal kind of person whose often use of the term ‘Maybe’
is the reason behind the band’s name.
Dan, along with Alien, play music to depress, anaesthetise, sedate and
lead their followers into a state of ‘Requiem for a Dream’ on eternal
How to find us:
Taiwan Air Force Base (TAF) 空軍總部 「圖書館」LIBRARY, 2F
No. 177, Sec. 1, Jianguo S. Rd, Taipei (Intersection of Jianguo S. Rd. and Jinan Rd.)
Our entrance is located on the intersection of Jianguo S. Rd. and Jinan Rd. (TAF side entrance). After passing the gate, keep marching forward and you’ll see a white building to your left called Library. Make your way to the second floor via the outer staircase on the side.
Reservations required 須留定位.
The Red Room is an ever-expanding community, exploring and extending the boundaries between audience and performer; a not-for-profit platform for events developing a culture of learning to listen to each other, what is around us, and our selves.
Red Room is hosting Artists Bridge the Gap IV ( ABTG IV ), a one-of-a-kind event, on May 29th, 2016. ABTG IV is the fourth instalment of Red Room’s all-day live art event!
This year, Red Room will bring together live art, music, and theatre from across the island for the purpose of bridging gaps between international communities and creating opportunities for those in need.
Visit the ABTG4 page for updates and more information.
- Live Music featuring a playlist curated by our beneficiaries in Germany
- Live Art created the day of the event by twenty amazing painters.
- Live Theatre with performances based on true stories
- Interactive Corner where attendees can decorate their own postcards and film videos to send to the amazing NGOs in Germany!
- Merchandise Table which features T-shirts designed by a community member and poster prints with art created by artists from the event!
- Food and Drink with specially concocted drinks for the event!
『 Schedule 』『 活動日程 』
11AM Artists begin painting 現場繪畫
1PM – 1:45PM Event Introduction/Video Screening 活動介紹 / 影片播放
3PM – 4PM: All’s Well Theatre shares true stories 滿月劇團分享 真實 故事
5:30PM – 8:00PM Live Music Ensembles 現場音樂表演
8:30PM Art Auction begins 現場競標當天創作的藝術品
10PM Closing 活動結束
Presale on Accupass: 400NT
Adult 500NT / Under 12 300NT
Includes Food or Beverage
(A portion of ticket sales goes to charity)
Address: Taiwan Air Force Innovation Base
Jianguo South Road Section 1 No 177
Check out the event on Facebook for more updates!
Do you ever just want to HEAR what you’re reading? or sit back and LISTEN to a story? That’s what we do, two ways: 1) Volunteers prepare in advance to read short stories aloud, (some restrictions apply. please contact us for details). 2) Event attendees are invited to share reading a story aloud by joining a circle of readers.
Red Room Radio Redux presents
May – Come what may
Friday, 27 May 2016
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Red Room Radio Redux is dedicated to the survival of reading. Proceeds from our events support libraries in developing communities in Taiwan.
If you can donate books for these communities, bring them to the Red Room International Village at TAF, where there is a collection box.
Any level of reading appropriate for school going children is accepted – in Chinese or English. Please be sure the books are in good condition.
Red Room International Village
Your Patronage 開支攤提費 $200NTD
Taiwan Air Force Base (TAF) LIBRARY 2F 空軍總部 「圖書館」
No. 177, Sec. 1, Jianguo S. Rd (Intersection of Jianguo S. Rd. and Jinan Rd.)台北市大安區建國南路一段177號(濟南路與建國南路交叉口)
~~Kindling the power of the spoken word and
populating the theatre of your imagination ~~
Paul Ogata, veteran of Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, CBS’s Late, Late Show American comedian, and winner of the 32nd Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition (previous winners include Robin Williams, Dana Carvey), will be in Taipei for a 1-night show!
May 24th! Mark your calendar and get ready to ROFL! Make sure you buy on Accupass as when tickets sell out they will be sold out.
Time: May 24th, 2016 @ 8 pm
Place: Red Room
No. 177, Sec. 1, Jianguo S. Rd
(Intersection of Jianguo S. Rd. and Jinan Rd.)
Tickets: 400 NT on Accupass/ 500 NT at the door
****Every ticket holder will get their first moosehead that night for FREE! After that’s it’s only 100 NT per bottle all night!****
Moosehead Taiwan 麋鹿頭啤酒 T-shirts, hats, glasses and many more sponsored by… you guessed it! Moosehead!
15,000 NT in gift certificates sponsored by Whalen’s 味鄰 Poutinerie, the iconic Canadian restaurant and one of the only places you can find delicious POUTINES in Taipei!
9,000 NT in gift certificates, free appetizers, sponsored by the go-to Greek restaurant that comforts your soul, Yiamas Greeka Taverna 亞馬仕希臘餐廳! Every ticket holder will also get a chance to win a VIP card for 10% discount!
Stage Time & Wine rarely starts on time; it starts early. What I mean to say is, what I’ve come to consider Stage Time & Wine, and the Red Room community, extends itself beyond the hours between when the emcee enters the stage and the last performer exits. Red Room’s 77th Stage Time & Wine confirmed this view.
At 5:30, volunteers for the night already bustled through the space, carrying trays of foods, stirring pots and chatting over tidying up. At the front of the room, Vicky Sun perched on a stool with her guitar. She looked over to Addison, who having spent the last thirty seconds muttering “check” and counting in different tones into the mic, had already settled into his post. After receiving the thumbs up, Sun began to croon into the microphone, a warm bluesy melody expanded and filled the room. Volunteers in the back responded with a smattering of applause and affirmative whoops.
The room had filled well before Trevor Tortomasi, Red Room’s emcee for the night, recommended sitting on the ever present red carpets. People had clustered in groups, a mix of friends and new attendees, and had commenced sharing their lives with each other. 6:30 came and everyone finally settled and hushed. In truth the night was filled with curiousity rousing and empathy engendering moments.
Max Power positioned himself on the stool and, with his usual dry wit, launched himself into a world full of vivid imagery; a world which left the reader disoriented but wanting. Addison Eng added levity to the night with a performance that meshed acting and musicianship. Li Wei Seh sang songs from the collective memory of his tribe. Deshara, and a friend she pulled from the audience, introduced a playful children’s drumming game. Each of them ran and skipped and spun around a chest, intermittently slapping the wood and humming in an otherworldly voice. “We just practiced for maybe twenty, minutes before so, actually, we felt quite nervous today,” an out-of-breath Deshara convinced following a healthy applause.
A ukelele player, Joyce Wolf, shared in Deshara’s nervousness. Nevertheless, she thanked “the Red Room for creating [a] space to be able to perform and feel comfortable” before strumming and singing with a friend. Many other performers seemed to feel similarly, because they felt comfortable enough to impart personal and social memories with a room filled largely with people they’d only just encountered.
Fiona read Bei Ying, or my father’s back, a poem written by Zhu Zi-Qing. The resounding image in the poem is of a father walking away from a son. Before she began, she revealed that she had lost her own father two months ago. A friend embraced her when she finished, and other audience members outstretched their arms and extended affection.
Another performer, Alex, shared his own personal loss. During his five minutes, Red Roomers went through the five stages of grief in a tragi-comic story which centered on the loss of a fiancee. Alexandra Gilliam reads original poetry which also focused on loss, heartbreak and abandonment. Her words settle upon the audience like a several blankets, cocooning them in layers of meaning.
As the night draws to a close, our opening performer, Max Power, introduces a friend. He asks the crowd if he can share, though he has arrived late. Applause follows him to the front of the room, where he composes himself for a moment, before beginning a spoken word poem on systemic racism and the community he grew up in.
Though the mics were turned off after Marcus’ performance, Red Roomers continued to mingle and create well beyond the official end time. For many of us, Stage Time & Wine was more than a single event, or an open mic night, or a night of poetry and music. Stage Time Night was a facet of a community which flowed through all Red Room events and beyond them, spilling over past the microphone and the stage.
by Leah List
Editor for the Red Room
RED ROOM RADIO REDUX will present a staged radio-theater- style production of TREASURE ISLAND, the Robert Louis Stevenson classic story of pirates and buried treasure, for three performances on:
Friday May 13 at 8:00 PM
Saturday May 14 matinee at 2:30 PM***
Saturday May 14 at 8:00 PM.
The performance will last approximately one hour.
All performances will be held at the International Artist Village at the TAF in Taipei.
***Especially for the children: prior to the matinee performance on Saturday, May 14, there will be a treasure hunt for all ticket holders aged 8 to 18. The treasure hunt will start at 1:30PM on Saturday, May 14.
The performance and treasure hunt will be held in English.
Your patronage: early bird reservations on accupass
Tickets are available through ACCUPASS for NT300 or at the door for NT400.
Children 8-18 years NT250.
Under 8 years no charge.
Treasure Island is the tale of young Jim Hawkins, who sets sail in 1783 as a cabin boy on the schooner Hispaniola, in search of treasure hidden on a faraway island. In the course of his adventures, he comes across a motley assortment of devious seaman, including the infamous buccaneer Long John Silver. This production of Treasure Island will appeal to adults as well as children aged 8 and up.
The performance of Treasure Island will be in English, in an adaptation that draws extensively on the original language of the story. It will be presented as a radio-style staged reading in which the actors use voice, characterization and gesture, as well as live sound effects and music, to recreate a lively tale in the minds of the audience.
At R4, we believe that through this “theater of the imagination,” we can promote a culture of live storytelling and creative listening through the great works of literature. Come join us with a heart of adventure and a mind of exploration as we sail into the deepest oceans of our imagination!
To learn more about R4¸ find us on Facebook : R4=Red Room Radio Redux
R4’s repertoire includes: Macbeth, The War of the Worlds, Dracula and A Christmas Carol. In addition to live performances, the group has produced and broadcast voice dramas in partnership with ICRT-FM100.
Red Room Radio Redux is affiliated with the Red Room. For more about “spoken word” events sponsored by the Red Room, go to www.redroomtaipei.com.
金銀島是一個青年賀詹姆(Jim Hawkins)的故事，從伊斯帕尼奧拉島揚帆啟程，在航程中找尋隱藏在遙遠島嶼的寶藏。在冒險的過程中，他遇到一群狡猾奸詐混雜的航海人，包含了最有名的海盜，單腳西渥弗(Long John Silver)。
紅坊廣播劇場會用英文演出金銀島，從原語的方式帶出延伸的效果。會用電台的效果來呈 現每一位角色的說詞，個性特色和手勢比劃，搭配著現場聲音效果以及配樂，重新帶出原 始故事的感覺給觀眾們。紅坊廣播劇場要將這樣獨特的表演方式，一種戲劇的想像的方式 獻給觀眾，透過分享偉大文學巨作和表達文化特色的現場說故事效果。
紅坊廣播劇場是一個隸屬於 Red Room 藝術表演活動的社團。先前表演過馬克白、世界大 戰、聖誕頌歌、小氣財神等西方經典名著，也曾與ICRT 一同製做播出。贊助單位有漣漪 人基金會。你/妳可以在 Red Room 的網站找尋 “Spoken word”。網址是 ：www.redroomtaipei.com，也可上臉書蒐尋R4=Red Room Radio Redux。
的存在。又或是近年出現的《JUST PLAY 簡單玩》巡演、《居鑾在動》等等,為了團
“Music make world unite”.
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Malaysia’s music scene is developing, and though it is not yet as bustling as the Taiwanese and Chinese industries, there are many music creators following their musical paths and many others pushing the development of music evolution. For instance, Malaysia’s annual independent music event “Dongtaidu Music Festival” helps raise awareness for independent music producers from Malaysia. Or, more recently, events such as “JUST PLAY Music Tour” and “Kluang Rocking” have created a platform for singers, writers, and art practitioners to cooperate without profit pressure, media bias, or industry exploitation.
Music creation should not just be a mere hobby hidden away in a bedroom, but fully manifested as an on-stage performance sharing work with an audience. The 2nd annual Malaysia Art Festival in Taiwan will – through the platform of song and lyric writing – provide a platform for Malaysian exchange students in Taiwan to create and interact.
“Music make world unite”.
Music has been split into different categories and genres all because of the systemization implemented by outsiders and record labels.
But music is also a language that allow people everywhere to communicate, to understand each other, and to share their feelings.
We can be moved by music, and we can be driven to a frenzy by music.
Although we are studying in Taiwan, but our hearts are tied to Malaysia. We care deeply for Malaysia and everything about it.
“Zero distance” represents our music, but also our hearts.